US Drone Attacks Iraqi Militia Truck in Syria

Iraqi officials say truck destroyed, but no casualties

Iraqi militia officials are reporting a Sunday attack by a US drone against a truck in Syria. The truck belonged to Ketain Sayyid al-Shuhada, a militia active on the Iraq-Syria border. Syrian state media said the truck was carrying food at the time of the attack.

The militia is question is one of a handful of Iraqi militias that the US has been attacking in recent weeks, nominally as a “message to Iran.” Reports on today’s attack say that there were no casualties, but the truck was destroyed.

Previous attacks on the militia led to retaliation against US sites in Iraq and Syria. The attacks clearly aren’t an effective deterrent, and if anything this is almost certain to lead to more retaliatory attacks.

The US hasn’t commented on the attack yet to say what they thought they were hitting. Past instances  have almost always claimed the militia was smuggling weapons, and that probably will again be the story, despite reports the truck was carrying food at the time.

Author: Jason Ditz

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